Tuesday, July 29, 2008

And It Continues...

moving right along...
15th Principle:
The Highest level of Prosperity Occurs when there is a Free-market Economy and a Minimum of Government Regulations

Boy, tell me about it! Have you tried to make food and sell is at your local farmers market? The wait for approval takes forever, and that's with a supposed 4-5 applicants in front of you.

Apparently our Founding Fathers turned to one Adam Smith of Scotland for his doctrines of free market economics. There was a major area of concern when the federalist and Anti Federalist were having their debates.

Four laws of economic freedom.
1. The freedom to try.
2. The Freedom to buy.
3. the Freedom to sell.
4. The Freedom to fail.

Sadly after WWI the ideas of Socialism and strong centralized government started to influence society. We don't need someone us to take care of us. You are responsible your your family.

There is an interesting talk by Oliver DeMille on the concept of Tribe verses Nation. I have my notes in the Annotations section if your interested.

This is so interesting to read and hear just a small amount of how this should be if following the Constitution was adhered to completely.

Let us not forget that if the Constitution is "outdated" it's because it was created for a moral and virtuous people. It's the people who are out dated.

16th Principle:
The Government Should be Separated into Three Branches- Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

It was Polybius who tried to use the concept of three departments with check and balance responsibilities toward each other. When he died, so did his ideas until 1700's when Montesquieu brought the idea of "mixed government" back. For a time John Adams stood alone on this concept as well.

17th Principle:
A System of Checks and Balances Should be Adopted to Prevent the Abuse of Power.

The failure to use checks and balances properly has allowed the judiciary to create laws, has allowed the presidents to make thousands of new laws, instead of Congress. This lack of checks and balances has allowed the legislature to imposes taxes on us never contemplated by the Founders or the Constitution. Ouch.

18th Principle:
The Unalienable Rights of the People are Most Likely to be Preserved if the Principles of Government are Set Forth in a Written Constitution.

The first written charter in America was the 1620 Mayflower Compact. How interesting that in 1639, Connecticut charter makes no reference to the Crown of England as a source of Ct. authority.

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